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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).

 

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has ...

 

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Sunday, for the second time in two days, 3B Evan Longoria tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo home run. He now has five for the season, tying him with RF Steve Souza Jr....

 

JUPITER -- Six people, including four children, have died from a weekend crash on a South Florida interstate, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash involved a minivan and an SUV on Interstate 95 ...

 

MIAMI -- After a half-century of waiting, passengers finally set sail on Sunday from Miami on an historic cruise to Cuba. Carnival Corp.'s 704-passenger Adonia left port at about 4:24 p.m., bound for ...

 

Former Clearwater Police Chief Willis D. Booth and former Pasco County Sheriff's detective James F. Medley were among the five inductees Sunday in the inaugural class of Florida's Law Enforcement Offi...

 

WASHINGTON -- A CSX freight train heading to North Carolina derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, sending 14 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material, officials said. N...

 

There have been a lot of terrible mergers, Joe Henderson writes. And now, he writes, the short-lived alliance between Republican presidential "contenders" Ted Cruz and John Kasich takes its...

 

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Scholars from across the nation are in Beaufort discussing the first capital of colonial Spanish Florida, which was in South Carolina, not Florida. This month marks the 450th anniversary of the foundi...

 

Florida's job growth is slowing down although the state's unemployment rate still dipped slightly. State officials say Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in March. That's lower than th...

 

Five "Fantasy 5" tickets had all five winning numbers to each earn a jackpot of $46,008.15 each. The Florida Lottery said Friday that two of the winning tickets were purchased Miami and the ...

 

They are the land mines of the sea, killing long after being forgotten. Abandoned or lost fishing gear, including traps, crab pots and nets, litter the ocean floor in coastal areas around the world. M...

 

The barefoot farmer oversees three teenage workers as they attack weeds with spades in a sunbaked field of peanut plants, a vital cash crop often grown on Haiti's marginal farmland. If he's lucky, Fra...

 

Construction on the southern end of the SunRail system is underway in central Florida. The project to expand the commuter rail into Osceola County began in April and will be complete in 2018. The Orla...

 

A South Florida police officer is accused of inappropriately touching two boys. The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested Coconut Creek police officer Daniel Rush on Thursday. He's charged with custodial ...

 

A Cuban law that bars anyone born on the island from returning by ship is discriminatory and should be eliminated, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday. Kerry said the policy discriminates agai...

 

Officials say dozens of dogs have been rescued from a house fire in Dania Beach. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles tells local media outlets that at least 34 dogs were pulled out of t...

 

More than 30 dogs were rescued from a fire at what authorities in South Florida called a hoarder house. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Michael Jachles told The Associated Press the fire was rep...

 
 

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